For what’s been a dry and snowless winter, a storm Monday into Tuesday is expected to produce enough snowfall for the National Weather Service to deem it “plowable.”
But with another possible storm due to begin Friday and carry on until Sunday, how much snow could Massachusetts get altogether?
To begin, let’s look at Monday night and Tuesday. Snowfall is expected to start in the west as early as 7 p.m. and by at least 2 a.m., Eastern Massachusetts should expect to see snow. How much could vary by region.
The western border with New York could see as much as 7 to 10 inches of snow, while Springfield and Worcester are forecasted to have between 3 to 5 inches. The likelihood for heavy snow has Western and Central Massachusetts under a winter storm warning.
After what’s been an abnormal winter, “it’s not that big of a storm,” National Weather Service meteorologist Alan Dunham told MassLive. He emphasized that even during a typically snowy February in New England, Monday and Tuesday’s storm would not be out so out of the ordinary.
Tough travel will be possible during the morning commute on Tuesday. Commuters should bring an extra flashlight, food, and water in case of an emergency, the weather service said.
Towards the east, communities like Lawrence and Boston could see 1 to 3 inches of snow, whereas Cape Cod could have 2 to 4 inches. The coast will be under a winter weather advisory and has the potential to see wind gusts kick up to 35 mph.
Forecasters urged commuters to slow down and use caution on the roads.
The state is forecast to have a break from snow on Wednesday, while Thursday could see some rain as temperatures tick up to 50 degrees. But could the snow return on Friday?
Forecasters said there’s “lots of uncertainty and moving parts.”
Worcester and Springfield’s Friday forecast said there is an 80% chance for precipitation with snow possibly mixed with rain. In some areas around Western Massachusetts, rain will become “all snow after 11 p.m.,” forecasters predict. On Saturday, it’s predicted to have “a chance of snow.” Boston also echoes a chance for rain and snow.
But whether or not Massachusetts could see snow, rain or both by then is too far out to determine, Dunham said, adding emphasis to the possibility of no snow between Friday and Sunday.
Conditions could be partly cloudy by Saturday night until the sun makes a partial return on Sunday, according to the weather service.